What does an Assistant Producer do?

An Assistant Producer supports the lead Producer or Executive Producer in managing, administration and overseeing various aspects of a theatre production. Their role is crucial in ensuring that the production process runs smoothly from the initial planning stages through to the final performance. 

What are the main responsibilities of an Assistant Producer?

  • Assist in developing the production concept and vision, often working closely with writers and directors
  • Collaborate on script development 
  • Expenses tracking to ensure the production remains within financial constraints
  • Build and maintain relationships with all parties involved in a production
  • Coordinate rehearsal schedules and logistical aspects of the production
  • Support in the management of the timeline for production milestones
  • Assist in organising promotional events and campaigns to attract audiences
  • Act as a liaison between the production team and other departments
  • Monitor rehearsals and provide feedback as needed to ensure the production stays on track
  • Assist with post-show evaluations and reporting, gathering feedback to improve future productions

What qualifications do I need to be an Assistant Producer?

There are no specific qualifications required to become an Assistant Producer, however here are some useful subjects and courses that you can study to gain knowledge and experience:

  • Theatre
  • Drama
  • Arts management
  • Business 
  • Maths 

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What skills do I need to be an Assistant Producer?

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines efficiently
  • Understanding of budgeting, financial planning, and resource allocation
  • Strong verbal and written communication abilities for liaising with various stakeholders
  • Administration skills and knowledge
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse team and build relationships
  • Creative and practical approaches to addressing challenges that arise during production
  • Meticulous in managing contracts, schedules, and logistical details
  • Capability to lead teams and provide direction under the guidance of the lead Producer
  • Understanding of the entire production process, from concept to performance

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What does a career as an Assistant Producer look like?

Working towards becoming an Assistant Producer involves a strategic combination of education, gaining relevant experience, developing key skills, and building a professional network. Start with entry-level roles such as Production Assistant or Administrative Assistant in a theatre company and work your way up as you gather experience. 

How much does an Assistant Producer earn?

An Assistant Producer can earn from £25k - £36k+ per year based in a venue or with a theatre company. As a freelancer, you can set your own rate based on your experience and the scale of the show and/or tour. Equity rates for a freelance lead Producer for 2024 suggest a day rate of £173. 

The above is a guide. Pay, salary or fee can vary depending on the theatre or company, as well as your personal experience. National institutions or commercial productions can pay in excess of the above, with profit-share or community theatre paying less. 

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Published: 4th June 2024 

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